RCMP Statement on EnCana Bombings

The following is a statement released by Sgt. Tim Sheilds – RCMP "E" Division Wednesday December 3rd about the EnCana Bombings:

Good morning and thank you for coming. We are here today to discuss the ongoing investigation involving the bombing of two EnCana pipelines and one well-head that occurred in October. As much as possible, I will be giving you an update on where the investigation is at, and where we are going with it.

On October 7th, 2008, three letters were mailed from the Dawson Creek Shoppers Drug Mart. These letters contained a threatening handwritten message that was sent to The Coffee Talk Express in Chetwynd, The Dawson Creek Daily News, and the Encana Corporation. The message demanded that Encana cease all operations in the Toms Lake area by October 11th.

On October 12th, the first of three explosions directed at EnCana facilities occurred. A second explosion was discovered on October 16th and a third on October 31st. All three explosions are believed to have occurred in the early morning hours.

As part of the police investigation, investigators seized video tape taken from the inside of the Shoppers Drug Mart on October seventh – the day the letters were mailed. The photographs behind me are from that video tape and show eight people who mailed letters and have not been identified. Investigators need to speak with these people. If you are one of these people, or you know the identity someone in these photographs, please contact the tip line at 1-866-994-7473, or, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-822-TIPS.

Investigators have taken the very unusual step of setting up a website dedicated just to these bombings. This website at DawsonCreekBombings.com, contains new information and photographs from the investigation. In addition, tips can be emailed directly to investigators from the website.

So far, there has been excellent cooperation from the community regarding this investigation. However, there have been some individuals who have been less than forthcoming and somewhat uncooperative. To these people, we urge you to contact the investigators and tell us what you know.

We want to reach the people who know, or have suspicions, about the bomber. Experience in these matters has shown that when the person is apprehended there will be a group of family, friends, co-workers or acquaintances who either knew directly or had made numerous observations that, if reported, would have helped stop the bomber.

Investigators are confident that the person or persons exploding these bombs is from the local area and has a grievance with EnCana. They will have talked about those grievances to someone, possibly advocating or threatening violent action. This person will have knowledge of and possibly access to explosives.

 

So far, only property damage has occurred. But protecting the person responsible by remaining silent, or failing to notify police of your suspicions, only enables the bomber to continue. In the event of serious injuries or death, their lives, and the lives of their families, and the lives of the victims families, are all ruined. It is important, as a community, that we all become involved. It is important, as a community, that we urge support for those who have information to act now.

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